The Modern Greenhouse
A modern green house is a building designed to protect plants from extreme weather and climate conditions. It can be a standalone structure or attached to another building, such as an existing home or garden shed. It is usually built with transparent materials, such as glass or polycarbonate, to allow sunlight and heat to pass through. A greenhouse may also be equipped with heating and cooling systems to regulate temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide levels.
Greenhouse technology is used across many activities, including plant propagation, growing and harvesting. It has been used in vertical farms to bring produce closer to consumers, and has allowed for a much larger volume of produce to be grown per square kilometer than would otherwise be possible.
Modern Greenhouses: Innovative Designs for Efficient and Stylish Plant Cultivation
The first modern greenhouses appeared in the 1600s, built to house exotic plants that explorers brought back from the tropics. They were originally called giardini botanici (botanical gardens). The concept soon spread to the Netherlands and England, where it was developed further at the Chelsea Physic Garden in the 17th century. Some of these early greenhouses required enormous amounts of work to close up at night or during cold weather, and they experienced significant problems with supplying balanced heat and air.
Today’s modern greenhouses are primarily used for commercial cultivation of crops such as vegetables, fruit and flowers. Many are integrated with sophisticated automation, utilizing sensors and cameras to track plant growth, water levels, soil conditions and other parameters. This helps to improve crop yields and quality, while reducing labor costs. This technology allows for more accurate crop production, but it must be carefully considered in terms of cost-benefit to determine if this level of investment is appropriate for a particular greenhouse.